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PEORIA, AZ - Junior Taylor Beckwith (Turlock, Calif.) led the No. 17 ranked Whittier College Women's Golf team during the George Fox Westbrook Invite over the weekend.
The Purple & Gold finished 7th overall as a team posting a 638. After a tough 325 on Day 1, which put them 9th, the ladies jumped up two spots into 7th following a solid 313 performance on day two. They ended up beating No. 25 Illinois Wesleyan (8th - 640), No. 44 Mary Hardin-Baylor (9th – 642), and No. 49 Trinity (TX) (10th – 650).
Whittier was also only three shots off of No. 7 Pomona-Pitzer (6th – 635).
Beckwith carded a two-day total of 147 to finish in a tie for second place overall. She shot rounds of 73 and 74 and led the field in par-5 scoring average (4.50). She also added six birdies over the two rounds, was +5 for the tournament and beat/tied six ladies who were nationally ranked higher than her. She fell to Nicolle Nitta (George Fox) by a stroke who finished with a 146 (76-70) to win the individual title. Beckwith currently sits with a national ranking of No. 28.
Sophomore Kamryn Marie Garcia (La Mirada, Calif.) was the second finisher carding a 156. She finished in a tie for 19th. After a tough opening round of 83, she jumped up 23 spots on day two after shooting a 73. Another big jump came from senior Madison Crimi-Demichele (San Jose, Calif.) who went for a 163. She opened with an 87 but was able to bounce back with a 76 that moved her up 11 spots into 42nd.
The final Poet to score was freshman Natalie Gonzalez (Norwalk, Calif.) who started off strong with an 82 but couldn't keep it going as she dropped 18 spots into 54th after shooting a 90.
Whittier returns to competition next Monday-Tuesday, March 25-26 when they take part in the OGIO Bulldog Classic in Indio, Calif. The two-day event will take place at Indian Springs Golf Club.